City Services Adapting to Serve the Community – Public Library
Despite the City’s buildings being closed to the public for health and safety reasons during the pandemic, City departments are working hard to provide services to the community. City employees are considered essential workers and while much of the City’s staff is working remotely, departments are finding safe and creative ways to extend services to residents and businesses in San Leandro.
Though all of the City’s library locations remain closed during the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place, the Library staff is available to serve your information needs. The Library staff is available six days a week to answer your questions, help you find books and DVDs, and place items on hold for you.
- Monday-Thursday from 10am-8:00pm
- Friday-Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Phone Reference: 510-577-3971 Email: Libraryinfo@sanleandro.org
Click HERE to watch the Library’s presentation to City Council on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
There is a variety of virtual programs, services, and materials available on the library website to support community engagement, school readiness, literacy and lifelong learning for all ages.
Contactless Curbside hold pickup is an optional service for library card holders which provides safe access to library materials. The San Leandro Public Library offers no-contact pickup of library materials at the Main Library (300 Estudillo Ave., 510-577-3970). Hours for no-contact pickup are Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
The library also offers a wide range of online resources, including eBooks and downloadable audio books, digital magazines, classes on Lynda.com and Universal Class, and virtual presentations, meetups, and more.
This includes a variety of resources for students during these challenging times. Students have access to live homework help through tutor.com. This free service offers live homework assistance daily from 1pm – 10pm, as well as skills building resources and test prep materials.
For families and children, they offer ongoing storytime (in English, Chinese, and Spanish) and meetups, Reading Buddies, craft activities, and live shows, such as the upcoming Fall Fun with Critter Quest, where kids can see and learn about rabbits and other animals. They have also hosted teen meetups, virtual escape room challenges, fan club and book discussions (like the Harry Potter trivia contest) and the ‘Friday Night Wine Down’ throughout the summer. Check out their busy calendar for a full listing of activities.
Other resources and initiatives of the library have included the Quarantine Chronicles initiative, through which residents can contribute their stories, photos and materials to be added to the San Leandro History Museum’s impressive archives to chronicle this historic moment in San Leandro. Library staff have also brought together an Anti-racist Resources and Reads collection of books and resources for those looking to learn, reflect, and discuss racial injustice. The library is also offering scholarships to Career Online High School, through which adults can earn their high school diploma online, and its ongoing Project Literacy program, which provides free one-on-one tutoring and assistance with resume preparation and applications to adults.
September is Library Card Signup Month – apply today! Students in San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts can get a free library card. If you need a library card, apply for a Digital Library Card Today!